Hailed as “the best luxury sedan in the world” Bentley’s Flying Spur is now available with the hugely popular Bentley V8 powertrain, as an alternative to the iconic W12.
Research conducted over the last 10 years has revealed a significant shift from chauffeur-driven owners to owners who prefer to drive themselves – and more than 40% of them take passengers along for the ride at least once a week. This has led to a redesigned cabin space that combines superb luxury with the latest in tech, and a more driver-centric experience with increased agility, a richer engine note, increased range between fuel stops and reduced CO2 emissions.
The Flying Spur’s 4.0-litre, twin turbocharged V8 engine produces a peak power of 550PS (542bhp, 404kW) and uses twin-scroll turbos to reach its maximum torque of 770Nm at just under 2000 rpm.
The 90-degree “V” configuration, cross-plane crankshaft and eight perfectly balanced cylinders give the engine its characteristic and unmistakable V8 engine sound and the impressive power output provides a 0-60 mph time of 4.0secs (0-100kph, 4.1 secs) and a top speed of 198 mph (318 kph).
Four of its eight cylinders can shut down under light-load conditions, when torque demand is below 235 Nm and engine speed is below 3000 rpm. This imperceptible change maximises fuel efficiency and deactivation takes around 20 milliseconds – a tenth of the time it takes to blink.
The Flying Spur V8 is 100 kg lighter than the W12 version, making the vehicle feel more agile and responsive. Adaptive Air Suspension, Torque Vectoring by Brake, Drive Dynamics Control, Electric Steering, Bentley’s pioneering 48V electric active anti-roll technology (Bentley Dynamic Ride), and Electronic All-Wheel Steering all contribute to this enhanced agility.
The more muscular exterior design of the Flying Spur is based on a new vision that is unmistakably Bentley. The lengthened wheelbase, 20-inch, 10-spoke painted alloy wheels, a V8 wing badge and quad exhaust pipes give the new Flying Spur an increased road presence.
The interior styling showcases Bentley’s expertise in creating a modern cabin of unrivalled luxury and innovation that is both stylish and unique.
A class-leading portfolio of intelligent and intuitive infotainment tech includes My Bentley in-car and remote services, a continually-developing range of services available to customers through a dedicated app, available both on Apple iOS and Android mobile platforms.
Member of Bentley’s Board for Engineering, Dr. Matthias Rabe, comments: “The Flying Spur range is purposeful yet elegant. It has classic Bentley design, best-in-class execution, authentic materials and attention to detail. The new Flying Spur V8 also includes the latest driver assistance and infotainment systems for enhanced safety, security and relaxation on every journey.“
The Flying Spur has broadened its appeal, without compromising on luxury or craftsmanship.